Anna Meares was named the queen of sprint two years ago when she won the Olympic gold in the London veldrome. Now she is returning to the same place to prepare for the 2016 Rio games.
Anna will be preparing to make a full race at the Track Cycling World Cup to be held in London during this weekend and also has plans to retire after the Olympics of 2016. The team Australia is ready to go into the meet as they have already topped with the most medals in the first round that was held in Mexico.
In the London Olympic of 2012, Meares won by defeating Victoria Pendleton of Britain with a historic sprint.
Coach Gary West says that the veldrome is very special for Meares. He said that when he first walked in the veldrome on Monday afternoon, the first training session brought out a lot of memories of him and Anna. To be back in the same place has a great feeling as the experience of 2012 was very exciting for Anna who is enjoying the time again in the veldrome.
Meares will be riding the sprint on Friday along with Stephanie Morton. Stephanie had beaten her in the individual final of the Commonwealth Games in July. For this individual sprint, the 31 year old will be competing on Saturday.Gary says that after Rio, Anna’s target is to improve her performances.
Anna’s competition in Mexico brought her the fifth position in sprint and also a bronze for kiering. West says that their goal now is to be better than before. The team Australia has already won three golds in Mexico and hold the top position but they expect not to repeat the same things that have happened in London before.
The loss of the Mzansi Tour is going to cost South African cycling a lot. William Newman, the president of Cycling SA said that the cycling in the country is going to face a big time blow because of the sudden withdrawal of sponsor.
He said that the whole thing is very disappointing as it put the Tour at a huge risk because it is very important for the cyclists. The race is an opportunity for all the new riders to ride with some really good international riders from all over the world to collect the UCI points.
Their qualification for the next year All Africa games will be effected if the race has to be postponed because of lack of funds. This will also deprive the riders from collecting points to qualify at the Olympics. The organizers of Mzansi Tour announced this week that Cathsseta has accepted the administration and that they will not be able to keep up with their final year contract. The organizers are now in search of some secure sponsorship before the UCI graded road cycling races start for the third edition of South Africa.
Newman mentioned that the CSA doesn’t have the financial position to provide funds but even then he hoped that they would come to rescue the team. They said that the CSA are totally living on the hope that the corporate will come out to the rescue. It has always been a big issue for the sport to generate funds and they have no idea why it is so. The sport has some great riders who are working very hard to perform well. Even then the corporate SA doesn’t want to invest here.
They are struggling to find sponsors even when they are as developed as any other team touring in the country.